Name: Funmei Samuel
Degree and university: BSC (Hons) IT & New Media. (University of Manchester)
Job Title: Product Management Intern
What is it you actually do?
I have been involved in User Acceptance Testing for software projects which involve writing test cases with the actual or expected result of the test. I’ve also been working on implementing the Portfolio & Project Management tool (PPM) to various departments within the business.
How did you get into the industry?
I saw the Pearson Diversity Summer Internship on the careers website in my final year and I decided to apply. The most interesting part of this internship is the opportunity given to be responsible for your own work. Working as part of the Product team has helped me in understanding the software development life cycle and how the team gathers and analyse requirements.
People are very friendly here and I have been able to meet with various people within the business to ask questions and how they got to where they are all
of which are very motivating. My time spent in the company has been packed with huge experience and has given me an insight to the business and the industry. The internship has also helped in building my communication, team work and planning and organisation skills.
Why did you decide on this job?
When I was applying for jobs, I did not have a specific sector in mind as it was just a case of having something in line with what I studied. Fortunately, I came across Pearson PLC and being in this sector has given me a platform for my career and how to progress.
What do you most like about what you do and are there any downsides?
Pearson is a company I would recommend to anybody as they value their employees irrespective of what you do or the department.
What I like most about what I do is that there is constant support from people around and they are always ready to go the extra mile to help.
What advice would you give to other graduates?
I would recommend this sector to graduates as the experience you get from it is invaluable and that they should make the most of every opportunity they have.